Sec­tion of road named for Speen­burgh

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mid-Hud­son News Net­work and Free­man staff

ALBANY >> A sec­tion of Route 23 in the towns of Ash­land and Wind­ham has been named “Wayne C. Speen­burgh Memo­rial High­way” in mem­ory of the former Greene County leg­is­la­tor and Cox­sackie post­mas­ter.

The bill, spon­sored by state Sen. Ge­orge Ame­dore, R-Rot­ter­dam, and state As­sem­bly­man Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie, was signed into law last week by Gov. An­drew Cuomo.

Speen­burgh died af­ter a long ill­ness on Sept. 17, 2015, at age 71. He was post­mas­ter of the Cox­sackie Post Of­fice from 1970 to 2000. He was elected to the Greene County Leg­is­la­ture in 2004 and was elected chair­man of the Leg­is­la­ture in 2007, a po­si­tion he held un­til his ill­ness caused him to step down.

“Wayne touched the lives of so many and ded­i­cated his life to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for his neigh­bors through­out Greene County,” Ame­dore said.

Added Lopez, Speen­burgh’s “com­mit­ment and con­nec­tion to the peo­ple of Greene County was some­thing he proved ev­ery day. Wayne’s en­er­gies and pas­sion moved him to ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts to sup­port the com­mu­nity, and was clearly demon­strated as he helped his neigh­bors re­spond to and re­cover from the dev­as­ta­tion of Hur­ri­cane Irene and Trop­i­cal Storm Lee. All of us are proud of Wayne and his legacy.”

The por­tion of high­way des­ig­nated be­gins at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 23 and Old Road in the town of Wind­ham and runs west to the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 23 and North Set­tle­ment Road in the town of Ash­land.

A bill to name a por­tion of state Route 32 in Ul­ster County in honor of a fallen sol­dier from Kingston also was signed Fri­day by Cuomo.

That mea­sure des­ig­nates the por­tion of Route 32, be­gin­ning at the in­ter­sec­tion of U.S. Route 9W and end­ing in the town of Sauger­ties, as the “Pri­vate First Class Dou­glas Cordo Memo­rial High­way.”

Cordo, a city res­i­dent and Kingston High School grad­u­ate, joined the U.S. Army in March 2010 and was 20 years old when he was fa­tally wounded by an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice that det­o­nated while his unit pa­trolled Zabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 19, 2011.


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